Wednesday, May 30, 2007

 

Episode 18 - Dr. Billy Taylor



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The great Dr. Billy Taylor has done it all in his prolific career. He learned from the master pianist Art Tatum, played with Ben Webster, Ella, Bird, Diz, Duke Ellington, Miles and many others. He is also a gifted pianist and composer in his own right as well as one of the premier educators of the music. Billy created the Jazz Mobile and the Jazz and July Series @ University of Massachusetts. Currently, he is Artistic Director of Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

Back in the day, Billy had the occasion to hang out with Coltrane at Birdland and discuss music, artistic influences and life. On this special Traneumentary episode, Billy performs a beautiful version of the classic “Naima” plus talks fondly of John Coltrane.

Billy is also our voice & host for the Traneumentary.

More information: Dr. Billy Taylor

Tracks used in this episode:

"Time After Time"
“In A Senitmental Mood”
“Something I Dreamed Last Night”
“The Inch Worm”

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Monday, May 21, 2007

 

Episode 17 - Dave Liebman (Commentary)



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Dave Liebman comments on one of his all-time favorite John Coltrane Quartet tracks "Crescent."

More information: Dave Liebman

Tracks used in this episode:

“Crescent”

John Coltrane Quartet - Crescent:

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

 

Episode 16 - Robert Glasper



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Pianist Robert Glasper is one of the most exciting players on the scene today. Robert’s latest recording In My Element is a dynamic work featuring the pianist’s groovin' trio carving their way through a number of great tracks. Robert’s unique blend of melodic playing and unpredictable improvisations are just amazing.

On the episode, Robert talks about McCoy Tyner’s influence as well as his introduction into John Coltrane’s music.

More information: Robert Glasper

Tracks used in this episode:

"Welcome"
“Love”
“Acknowledgement”
“Lonnie's Lament”

iMix from this episode:

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

 

Episode 15 - Sonny Rollins



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Sonny Rollins is a legendary musical force, and like Trane, inspires people to this day with his masterful improvisations and amazing wizardry on the saxophone. Sonny is a true legend who respected John Coltrane and also had a beautiful friendship with him. In 1956, Sonny and Trane recorded a track entitled “Tenor Madness.” It would be the only recording featuring the two brilliant saxophonists. On this episode, Sonny reflects on that recording, meeting Trane and the friendship he had with him.

More information: Sonny Rollins

Special thanks to Bret Primack for conducting this interview. Bret also produces Sonny’s podcast series - be sure to
check it out.

Tracks used in this episode:

“Tenor Madness”

Sonny Rollins with John Coltrane:

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

 

Episode 14 - Joshua Redman



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Saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of the leading players in jazz. His stellar recording "Mood Swing" set the tone for emerging jazz musicians back in the middle 90's. Throughout the years, Joshua has been extremely active as a recording and touring leader/musician. He is currently the artistic director for the San Francisco Jazz Festival and leader of the critically acclaimed ensemble SF Jazz Collective. His latest recording, "Back East," is his first trio album.

On this episode, Joshua shares his personal story of John Coltrane.

More information: Joshua Redman

Tracks used in this episode:

“Acknowledgement”
“Crescent”
“Wise One”

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